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God Needs You

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By Gregory Kepferle
CEO, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and President, Charities Housing Development Corporation

Imagine a God who needs you. As I reflect on the story of the first Christmas, I am struck once again by the paradox of an all powerful God who chooses to be weak in order to be one with us weak humans, that we might become one with God. Jesus was conceived by an unwed teen, born homeless among animals, became a child refugee, lived in an occupied country ruled by a dictator, and was imprisoned and executed by the state as a convicted criminal. He needed food, shelter, an education, a livelihood, safety, and companionship.

Jesus was very much like the people we see every day at Catholic Charities: refugee children, children of young moms, people who are homeless and need supportive housing, seniors and children who are hungry, children who want to learn, youth seeking safety from gangs, adults who want to work, people in jail or being released from jail who need housing, work, and an opportunity to turn their lives around, and families seeking a sense of belonging in their neighborhoods. Jesus becomes one with each of these who are rejected by society.

Jesus also was a teacher, a preacher, a healer, a comforter, a community builder, a miracle maker. Today at Catholic Charities we have many staff and volunteers who share the same calling – to teach, to bring good news to those who are poor, to heal the sick in mind and heart, to visit the imprisoned, to feed the hungry, to comfort the afflicted, to speak up for justice, to build homes and communities, to welcome the stranger. In doing this with a spirit of unconditional love, we celebrate the miracle of becoming the hands and feet of Christ even as we serve Christ in those we encounter.

I invite you to join us in this ministry of witness to the miracle of Christmas. We need you. God needs you.

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